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a wild chase overnight in berkeley leaves two police cars smashed up. >> oh, my god, your car! >> plus a massive clean-up after a deluge of mud sweeps through santa cruz county. the damage left to dozens of hopes and businesses down that way. and good morning, everyone. it is friday, the 25th of march. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. thanks for joining us on this friday. the time now is 5:01. we got hit with storm number one yesterday in a big way and storm number two heading our way today, lawrence. this one not quite as big as yesterday. but man, the damage has been done, huh? >> the damage already done. the ground totally saturated, of course, now we have the problem with mud slides showing up around the bay area. it just continues to increase, the more we get these storms rolling through. this one in fairfax on sir francis drake boulevard bringing down some of the mud there down the side of the mountain there. so if you're traveling there, take extra time to get around there. we are seeing similar conditions around the bay area
and rain continues to fall. we have rain making its way into parts of the peninsula now and also into the east bay in oakland. closer look now, a good cell moving through bringing heavy rain along 580, 13 here and it looks like it's going to continue on and off for today. you're going to see heavy downpours, then maybe a couple of sunny breaks, and then heavy downpours again. the main cold front brought heavy rain and flooding in the bay area, but that's gone by yesterday. another storm system making its way into the bay area late tonight and tomorrow. high surf warning at the coast. check out the swells, 15 to 21- footers. those are some big-time swells. stay well away from the coastline, folks. temperatures by the afternoon into the 50s and a few 60s with the showers ticket. there is some hope we can return to drier weather but we have to get through the next storm system and this one not as strong but it doesn't have to be. the ground is totally saturated and could cause some more problems. showers into sunday. by monday and tuesday we start
to dry out and get this, guys. by next week, keep your fingers crossed, maybe some 70s showing up here in the bay area. >> thank you, lawrence. it is 5:03. a big mess to clean up in downtown capitola today. take a look. floodwaters overwhelmed a storm system. julie crane taking video of the flooding when it got a little too close to home. >> oh, my god! that's my house. >> the two-foot-high wall of water rushing into downtown capitola. at least two dozen businesses were flooded as well as a number of homes. by last night, though, the clean-up was under way and streets were open again. capitola had several inches of rain yesterday. >> all of a sudden we saw the water fly down the road and in about seven minutes it came up to here. it came under our walls, back door, the whole place became part of the river.
>> the downtown flooding hit after a culvert at a nearby mobile home park was overwhelmed by the water. at least one unit was destroyed. the park remains evacuated this morning. residents of more than 200 houses near felton in the santa cruz mountains they are back home now. they were told to evacuate yesterday after the national weather service issued a flash flood warning for the san lorenzo river and other waterways. but last night the water level began to drop and the warning was lifted. 5:04 the time. weather-related problems have shut down all ace train service between stockton and san jose. mud and debris on the tracks in the niles canyon area is causing the shutdown. ace normally runs six trains each weekday between the central valley and the silicon valley. and in the east bay, a deluge pushed the alhambra creek near capacity in martinez. drains were blocked off on surrounding streets to try to prevent the streaks from over flowing. streets from highway 4 to
downtown turned into a rushing river. people were told to start sandbagging. now many are keeping them in place even though that alert has been lifted. >> more rain coming with the high tide puts the water level up higher because it can't get out. >> the might of that swollen creek has already taken three beavers and their den and there is now concern of a log in the creek will create an even more dangerous dam. rising waters threatening homes around clearlake, as well. the lake could flood for the first time in more than a decade. forecasters predict clear lake will hit flood stage by 11 a.m. this morning. stores there selling out of the sandbags. back in the '80s, the late '80s, more than 700 people were left homeless because of severe flooding. of course, another slick day of driving out there. we have already got some problems on the roads. let's check in with gianna for an update. >> we had a few spots with flooding earlier on 880 but that's cleared. highway 17 reports of a mud
slide at pasatiempo but that's out of the road. all lanes open there. now lots of wind advisories on the bay area bridges including the san mateo bridge, again, it is friday light so you're going to see not a lot of slick surfaces and windy conditions. the san mateo bridge, about a 13-minute ride between 880 and 101. so still clear through there. also wind advisory in effect for the bay bridge. this is a look at the upper deck. traffic still moving along but two hands on the steering wheel especially careful driving a high-profile vehicle. not too bad at the toll plaza. you can see traffic is very light as you approach the pay gates. metering lights are off but as you can see the reflection from the headlights off the ground, really slick surfaces. the benicia bridge we have a wind advisory in effect. but the rest of the east south bay checking in accident-free. richmond/san rafael bridge, wind advisory also in effect here until further notice. and we are seeing some there's northbound 101 right around this area. so southbound not bad. you're looking good towards the golden gate bridge.
all right. that's a look at your morning drive. back to you. >> thank you. a woman under arrest in berkeley after allegedly ramming two patrol cars and leading officers on a 10-block chase. elizabeth wenger reports from berkeley. good morning. >> reporter: yeah. good morning, sydnie. yeah, wild ride this morning overnight. well, rather, on the streets of berkeley. at one point we understand the woman crashed into this apartment complex behind me. she unfortunately damaged a pretty major support beach. if i step out of the way you can see where some of that damage is out there. crews just got to the scene a couple minutes ago to kind of start the repair work. this was damage to the bushes, side of the building, scattered glass as well out here. berkeley police department not talking much this morning. but the information that we have gathered is mostly from witnesses and some video that was taken out at the scene. we know that before 2:30 this morning, berkeley police department got a call from this
location at stewart and sacramento. we still don't know what exactly brought them out here to begin with. but when they got here, a woman in her car rammed into the officers' patrol car. you can see the damage to the front of the car in that video. then she continued, this time plowing in that apartment complex and her ride wasn't over yet. she took off and ended up crashing through a fence into a neighbor's yard blocks away near california and dwight. and that's where this all finally ended. and we understand she was arrested at that location. so again, we're still waiting for more information from the berkeley police department. what we do know is that no officers were seriously injured. but again, wild ride overnight on the streets of berkeley. sydnie, back to you. >> elizabeth, thank you. elizabeth wenger in berkeley. it is 5:08. and some signs of hope in libya. qaddafi's government prepares to meet with rebel forces could it bring the war-torn country a little closer to a cease-fire?
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impressive rain totals. 100% of normal in san jose and more rain to come. details to come. >> thank you, lawrence. a potential sign of hope today for war-torn libya. an african union meeting will be held in ethiopia as part of an effort to reach a cease-fire in libya. representatives of moammar qaddafi's government and the rebels trying to oust him are expected to attend.
this all comes as the united states takes a step back in its role to enforce a no-fly zone over libya. nato agreed to take command of the operation in the coming days. still, the u.s. warplanes though will keep flying combat missions against libyan ground forces. secretary of state hillary clinton says the operation has already met some accomplishments. >> a massacre in benghazi was prevented. qaddafi's air force and air defenses have been rendered largely ineffective. and the coalition is in control of the skies above libya. >> there were more coalition air offenses in libya overnight. french and british warplanes attacked several qaddafi- related targets. a setback at that damaged nuclear power plant in japan. operators have stopped work at units 1, 2 and 3 to check on radiation levels. they think radioactive water that burned two workers may have come from a breach in the reactor core. the number of known deaths now
from the earthquake and tsunami in japan is now more than 10,000. police say more than 17,000 people are listed as missing. barry bonds' perjury trial will resume on monday. the court wrapped up a week of testimony with a lesson in the science of steroids yesterday. a chemist for the u.s. antidoping agency told jurors that bonds has swelling consist tenth with human growth hormone use and said that the drugs bonds allegedly are to avoid detection. bonds denied taking the drugs. the ex-mistress will testify monday. 5:13. a chance to streak it really, really rich. the mega millions jackpot on the line tonight. >> and billions of dollars in budget cuts all get the green light what it means for thousands of community college students coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
the sheriff says one person was inside at the time but wasn't injured. scared him, though. neighbors called 911 after they heard a snapping noise and a woman screaming. flooding, mud slides, trees down. it was a mess from that storm yesterday. we're still seeing showers showing up around the bay area right now but not that widespread rainfall. still some heavy downpours showing up in the east bay, another cell moving in along the coastline now and we have a cell that's making its way across the bay looks like a good line here trailing off into san francisco. some heavy downpours there and this is what we are going to see on and off throughout the day today. no really well organized cold front. but we are going to see those showers continuing on and off and the potential for some heavy downpours. if you head out the door again, prepare for some rain outside. temperatures in the 40s and 50s. high surf warning at the coast. swells 15 to 21 feet. all right. this afternoon, we'll see a little more sunshine today. 50s and 60s for highs. again the showers will likely continue as the storm system starts to wind down just a bit.
the main cold front has gone on by. the core of the low still right about here. we are seeing scattered showers moving onshore. more of that will continue on and off and a brief break. but guess what, we have another one coming. this one not as strong but doesn't center to be, folks. we have that saturated ground so we have the potential for some more flooding around the bay area, some downed trees and mud slides, you name it. scattered showers on and off as we head through the day today. then see what happens later on tonight. you see that next storm system begin to drop in so late tonight toward midnight here comes the rain again continuing into tomorrow morning. temperatures in the 50s and 60s in the south bay today. east bay mainly the 50s with an occasional shower. north bay temperatures in the 50s and showers continuing on and off. likely a little rainbow outside, too. i think toward tomorrow expect some rain, showers likely to continue into sunday. but after that, the good news is, we start to dry things out. maybe we're finally looking at spring and some 70s returning the middle of next week.
let's check on your traffic with gianna. >> thank you, lawrence. all right. let's start with mass transit closures. no ace train service day due to weather conditions. they had trouble yesterday in niles canyon with rocks and mud on the tracks. still no word if they will put bus bridges in place but no ace today. bart, muni, caltrain are on time this morning. the bay bridge this morning, just a heads up, wind advisory in effect in addition to the slick surfaces. so use caution especially if you are traveling in a high- profile vehicle. also, we are taking a look at 880. we had some flooding earlier this morning but all lanes are now open. both directions of 880 in oakland not seeing any delays. you're clear southbound all the way into hayward right now. things are friday light through that portion. san mateo bridge same story things looking good in both directions between hayward and foster city. there is a wind advisory in effect for the san mateo bridge as well as the bay bridge. also, richmond/san rafael bridge and the benicia bridge. chp working on an accident
fremont northbound at albamarl parkway on 880. no major delays, should be wrapped up shortly. through the south bay guadalupe parkway an accident here approaching 101. looks like there are injuries reported so that may take a few minutes to clear. live right now take a look at 280 where traffic is moving not too badly a little bit better than yesterday northbound through downtown san jose. no major troubles to report right now. there is a closure though near mount hamilton, highway 130 between quimby and [ indiscernible ] canyon. back to you. >> thank you. in the headlines, a mobile home park near downtown capitola is evacuated because of flooding. rushing waters overwhelmed the culvert at that park. the water then flowed into a couple dozen businesses in downtown capitola. no injuries were reported. storm-related problems disrupting train service between the central valley and silicon valley. mud and debris overwhelming some tracks in the niles canyon area forcing cancellation of
ace train service last night. the commuter line between stockton and san jose is shut down all day today. it is 5:20. governor brown says it's a start but more painful decisions have to be made. yesterday he signed a series of bills to cut $11.2 billion in spending. he also approved higher fees for community college students. they will have to pay $36 per unit, that's $10 more than the current rate. now, it may not seem like much but it cost add up to an extra $150 each semester. we spoke with some of the students at laney college in oakland and they're not pleased. >> it's not really cutting from other places so it's unfair. >> i'm just kind of blindsided by it honestly. $10 per unit, that's crazy. >> in addition, more than $1 billion will be cut from the state's two public university systems. >> tough cuts. >> tough times. 5:21. a controversial custody battle in california. >> a mother paralyzed during
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lime kiln creek bridge about 40 miles from another mud slide last week. the people between the slides are trapped. at the site of the new slide caltrans suspended clean-up because large boulders kept falling on the road and plan to resume work today. yosemite national park is back open after being closed for three days because of the storm damage. weather left roads blocked and power lines down. now the three main roads leading into the park have been cleared of snow and fallen trees. but the park still has no electricity. utility crews are working on replacing a power transmission pole that was knocked over by that rockslide. a decision is expected today in a groundbreaking child custody battle. mother abbie dorn is paralyzed and can't speak because of medical errors when she delivered her triplets in 2007. she lives with her parents in south carolina. the parents are suing to have those triplets visit three times a year from southern
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march 25th. i'm frank mallicoat. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. good morning, happy friday, march 25. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm sydnie kohara. thanks so many for joining us. your time -- thanks so much for joining us. your time, 5:30. the rain is just not letting up yet. another wet and windy day in store. let's go to lawrence to tell us how much rain to expect. lawrence, yesterday that doppler was all green all the time. what about today? >> you know, it's interesting. we had the main cold front moving through yesterday. it was that wall of green this morning. now we are seeing more scattered showers around the bay area but still some of these areas that are seeing the rainfall we have heavy downpours. we go to antioch right now. look at this cell moving by. it's really pumping in this part of the bay area right now. that cell bringing those heavy downpours so driving around, it's going to be a white knuckle rides to work. still we are going to see that on and off throughout the day
today as we'll see more scattered showers continuing and you could see more of those brief heavy downpours. but the main cold front is gone on by. you could see minor beach erosion. stay off the rocks. temperatures in the 50s and 60s. beautiful clouds, here come the showers. another storm system moves in with more rain late tonight. saturday finally turning to showers as we head towards sunday. and then i think after that, it looks like high pressure builds n spring and temperatures into the 70s make a return the middle of next week. all right. let's get a traffic check with gianna. >> thank you, lawrence. all right. it is definitely a windshield wiper day. we are monitoring an accident dealing with a lot of slick surfaces out there this morning. northbound 87 near 101 we have an injury accident on the
guadalupe parkway blocking the road. chp is on scene. no word on when they plan to have the road re-opened or that lane there. but you can see it's not affecting 101 but again delays as you work your way northbound guadalupe parkway. elsewhere a closure near mount hamilton highway 130 is closed due to icy conditions between quimby and [ indiscernible ] canyon so plan for that. we have wind advisories in effect for the bay bridge, the benicia bridge, richmond/san rafael bridge as well as the san mateo bridge. and i just checked in with chp and they are saying they are getting reports of a large pool of water, flooding in one of the fastrak lanes at the bay bridge. we'll keep a close eye on that but according to our traffic camera, it doesn't look like it's affecting traffic too badly. the metering lights off. parts of 80 are closed, lots of snow, chains for 50 and 88. back to you. >> thank you. there is a lot of clean-up
today in capitola after floodwaters splashed into the popular tourist town. watch. >> oh, my god! that's my house. >> that's home video. the 2-foot-high wall of water rushed into downtown cap toll l.a. at least two dozen businesses were flooded swells a number of homes in downtown capitola. streets were open once again last night. capitola had several inches of rain much of it over two hours. >> a significant amount of rain. there was more rain than i think that the system was able to handle. and as a result, it caused the system failure. a unit in a mobile home park was destroyed, 40 others damaged. the park is still evacuated. storm-related problems have shut down passenger train service, as well. >> not good news for commuters. ace will not be running any trains at all today. weather affecting service between the central valley and
silicon valley. this freight train was also blocked yesterday by mud and debris on the tracks in the niles canyon area. now, ace normally runs about six trains each weekday between stockton and san jose. in the east bay, people keeping a close eye on the creeks. water has pushed the alhambra creek near capacity in martinez. yesterday's streets from highway 4 to downtown turned into a rushing river. police issuing an alert for people to start sandbagging. now many are keeping those sandbags in place even though the alert was lifted. >> more rain coming with the high tide puts the water level up higher because it can't get out. >> that swollen creek has already taken three beavers [ indiscernible ] and if a log in the creek stops up everything that will create an even more dangerous dam. >> it is a mess out there. this morning, rising waters are threatening homes around clear
lake as well. it could flood for the first time in more than a decade. forecasters predict the lake will hit flood stage by 11 a.m. stores are selling out of sandbags. in the late '80s, more than 700 people were left homeless because of severe flooding in that area. and if you want to drive across the sierra nevada this morning, you have one choice. you have to head up 50 and chain up starting east of placerville. interstate 80 is closed all the way from colfax to the nevada state line because there is just zero visibility up on the hill. state route 88 is closed east of dew drop because of all the snow. track the storm yourself at our website, cbssf.com. we have live doppler radio -- hi-def doppler radio right from your neighborhood. click on the weather page and check it out. critics outraged at the new pg&e proposal to charge customers for opting out of the smartmeter program. the company submitted a plan to the california public utilities
commission. pg&e would turn off the radio that transmit usage. in exchange, customers would pay $270 up front and then $14 a month. or $135 up front and $20 a month. some claim the radiowaves from the meters make them sick. state regulators giving pg&e a chance to avoid millions in fines. it is all part of the fallout from last year's deadly pipeline explosion in san bruno. yesterday the state public utilities commission decided to fine pg&e $6 million. it's because the utility failed to provide documents that supposedly prove it has properly set the pressure levels on its gas transmission lines. but pg&e has a chance to pay only half of that if it provides all the information by the end of august. it is 5:36. barry bonds' ex-mistress is expected to take the stand on monday. the court wrapped up a week of testimony with a lesson in the science of steroids. yesterday, a chemist for the
u.s. antidoping agency told jurors that bonds has exhibited head and foot swelling which is consistent with using human growth hormone. he also said that the drug that the baseball home run king is accused of take were designed to avoid detection. bonds is accused of lying to the feds about knowingly taking steroids. 5:37. melanoma, it is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. the breakthrough allowing patients to help fight the disease. >> plus, a second chance to take part in the bay to breakers. the extra registrations that are being made available right now. >> sign up. >> we're ready. if it stops raining. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
the bad weather leaving roads blocked and power lines down but now the three main roads leading into the park have been cleared of snow and fallen trees but the park still has no electricity. you have to rough it at yosemite. utility crews working on replacing' power transmission pole that was knocked over by a rockslide. and we have been getting incredible video of the storm from viewers. take a look at this clip sent to us from julie pike in pacifica. she captured this landslide in progress. >> lawrence, we have more rain in the forecast. >> the ground is totally saturated so that's the problem is it's not going to take much to cause more landslides and get more trees to come down. i mean, we're at that point, folks. we don't want to see more rain. but we have a couple of pockets of showers moving through with heavy downpours in the bay area. into oakland we take you, look at the cell moving on by here. so if you are traveling through this area to get to work today,
watch out, we're seeing heavy downpours scattered throughout the bay area today, we're going to see that on and off throughout the day. so yeah, of the main cold front is gone. but the -- so yeah, the main cold front is gone but the showers are continuing. watch out for a high surf warning at the coastline. these storm systems generating some swells out there about 15 to 21 feet. so dangerous waves out toward the coast. by the afternoon, we'll sneak some sunshine in between the clouds. the showers will continue. it will be a bit on the breezy side, too, but the main cold front has gone on by sweeping all the way down into southern california and, of course, up in the sierra nevada where they were awaiting about 4 feet of snow across some of the higher peaks just from the one storm system. scattered showers continuing out along the coastline and into the bay area. we are going to see that on and off for today and maybe a brief break but not much of one. guess what, this guy comes in. it is dropping down late tonight into tomorrow to bring another round of rain to the bay area. not as strong as the last system that moved through but it doesn't have to be to cause problems. scattered showers continuing on and 60 throughout the day
today. is it these impulses moving in off the pacific and getting things -- these impulses are moving in off the pacific and getting things going. about 11:00, 12:00, the system sweeping in across the north and overnight tonight across the entire bay area and through tomorrow. temperatures 50s and 60s around the bay area this afternoon especially in the south bay. east bay mainly into the 50s and again occasional showers moving on by. but there will be some downpours moving on through, as well. the north bay expecting those temperatures running up into the 50s by the afternoon with the showers continuing there also. now, looks like as we head in toward the next couple days we have that storm coming in overnight tonight and tomorrow. possibility of landslides and flooding. showers continue into sunday. but here's the good news toward monday and tuesday, high pressure begins to build into the bay area. and finally looking toward the middle of next week, we catch a break from all the wet weather and looks like some 70s actually going to make a return to the bay area. looking forward to that. all right. let's check with gianna and see
how traffic's going. >> all right, lawrence. well, this wet and wacky weather is causing problems for mass transit. ace train will not be running service today. yesterday they had some rock and debris at niles canyon causing problems for the line. so no service today. right now no bus bridges are in place. the rest of mass transit though problem-free. bart on time, muni with no delays. caltrain also running with no delays systemwide. 880 through oakland, we are seeing some okay conditions right now. we have been keeping a close eye on 880 because we have some problems with flooding earlier this morning but so far, so good, northbound you're clear towards the maze. southbound moving along as you head into hayward but again, slick surfaces so take it easy. also san mateo bridge slick surfaces. a wind advisory also in effect. so so far, so good as far as accidents go and conditions go, moving well between hayward and foster city.
other wind advisory effect benicia in effect, benicia bridge and richmond/san rafael bridge. we got a soaking in another area, delays off the antioch bridge heading westbound towards a street and somersville. chp also working on an accident northbound guadalupe parkway before 101. the right lane is blocked and we are seeing delays build in that area. so stick with 101 as an alternate to avoid that area. of course, the bay bridge the trouble spot. reports of flooding as well as trouble spots as you come towards the fastrak lanes. we are going to go live right now to elizabeth wenger, who is at the scene to give us more information. liz, looks like you're getting a good soaking right now. >> reporter: yeah. the rain is actually really coming down. we moved towards the bay bridge toll plaza here because we were getting reports from chp of what they are calling dangerous flooding in the middle lanes in those fastrak lanes approaching the pay gates and that is certainly the case. i have been kind of amazed by the waves of water being splashed up by cars. i'll step out of the way so you can see traffic approaching
those middle lanes. we have actually seen a lot of drivers really slowing down because the splashes are six or more feet high, pretty incredible flooding. we were out here wednesday as well and i thought it was bad then. but i got to say it is worse this morning. if you do hit a flooded path like that make sure you do slow down because you just don't know how deep it is. so you can get stuck or hydroplane. that's a dangerous condition right there. all right. we have those wind advisories that gianna just mentioned also in effect here at the bay bridge, san mateo, benicia bridge, richmond/san rafael bridge. so just a really messy start to our morning commute. you know, we were out covering the weather yesterday, as well. and traffic was just awful. we got stuck in just a ton of traffic jams. so the good news is that it shouldn't be as bad today but you wouldn't be able to tell it because the rain is coming down but just commuters a little weather weary by now, i think. we have been check the chp for other incidents across the bay area.
trees down, power lines in the napa and santa rosa area, also getting word of some minor flooding near the caldecott tunnel. but again, this seems to be the biggest issue now again what chp is calling dangerous flooding here approaching the pay gates at the bay bridge toll plaza. again, mostly just in those middle lanes. sydnie, back to you. >> elizabeth, thank you very much. elizabeth wenger at the bay bridge. it is 5:46. let's take a peek at some of the top stories today. a mobile home park near downtown capitola still evacuated this morning after floodwaters just rushed on through. no injuries reported but one unit was destroyed. dozens of others were damaged. there is also flood damage to a couple of dozen businesses in downtown capitola, as well. nato's military staff is drawing up plans to take control of the flights to enforce the no-fly zone. they have to approve the plan and will meet on sunday. meanwhile, france's military
says libyan airspace is under control. and there could be a breach in one of the reactors cores at japan's damaged nuclear power plant. two workers have been burned by radioactive water there. and work has once again ended. meanwhile, japanese officials now put the death toll from that earthquake and tsunami at more than 10,000. 5:47. today we get a better snapshot of california's jobless rate. unemployment numbers will be released for the month of february. the state's jobless rate currently stands at 12.4%. that's higher than the national average, a lot hire, 8.9% fortunate average. and the final numbers are out for teachers who may lose their jobs in san mateo county. about 330 employees received notices warning them their jobs are in jeopardy next year. many of them are temporary teachers according to the county office. now, the cuts will depend on whether there is a special election and if voters approve
a tax extension. governor brown says it is a start but more painful decisions will have to be made. yesterday, he signed a series of bills to cut $11.2 billion in spending. he also approved higher fees for community college students. they are going to have to pay $36 per unit. that is $10 more than the current rate. now, it may not seem like much. but it could add up to an extra $120 or $150 each semester. we spoke with some students at laney college in oakland and they're not pleaseed. >> it's not really cutting from other places so it kind of seems unfair. >> i'm just kind of blindsided by it honestly. $10 per unit? that's crazy. >> in addition, more than $1 billion will be cut from the state's two public university systems. attention, all you runners. you have a second chance to take part in the bay to breakers run. 5,000 additional registrations are being made available for the may 15 event. organizers say there was an
overwhelming response. this will be the 100th bay to breakers race and people can sign up on the event's website. and fans of the san francisco giants who missed out on season tickets for this year can get first dibs on next season. the team says it's creating a waiting list for people who want to get season tickets for 2012 before they sell out again. the waiting list will require a $500 nonrefundable deposit though. season opener is a week from today down in l.a. and -- >> then here they will be -- >> the following week. >> home on the 8th, i believe. >> we are supposed to have sunshine, too, on that thursday so everyone will be in a good mood. >> you're checking the forecast? >> i have. it's the first time i have seen the sun since i been out here at least on his forecast. >> make another run for it. that would be great. >> we are ready. >> it is 5:49. so you ever wonder how you get that cold or flu? we are breaking down some of the germiest objects people touch all the time. >> if you want new results, you have to try and be willing to come up with creative and
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a new drug for the most dangerous type of skin cancer could get approval today. our time now is 5:52. a new drug for the most dangerous type of skin cancer could get approval today. the fda may give the green light to lpi, the first drug shown to extend the life of patients with advanced melanoma. a recent study found that one in about 20 patients who took the drug added nearly a year or more to their lives. the drug supercharges the body's immune system to fight the cancer. careful what you touch. it could make you sick. the aarp has put out a warning for the germiest places in public and topping the list, may surprise you, restaurant
menus. after all, you don't see the waiters washing those after you order, right? next, the lemon wedge on the edge of your glasses, study finds nearly 70% of them contain disease-causing microbes. and third, condiment dispensers. so what can you do? wash your hands and wash them a lot. deputies in kentucky have cooked up a creative way to catch deadbeat parents. they are putting flyers on every pizza box in town there. authorities are targeting people who have skipped out on child support payments. the 12 most wanted individuals have some of the longest outstanding warrants in that county. >> we're hoping at least 80% of our people are seeing these flyers and taking the time to look at them and oh, i know that person. only takes one phone call. >> the out of the box idea seems to be working. one man who owed $20,000 has already turned himself in.
and everybody loves pizza so probably a good idea. so how young is too young for botox? >> this is not a good idea. one british mom admits to using it on her 8-year-old. she tells her local paper she wants to make the little girl a superstar. >> this is pathetic. so she buys botox online, gives her daughter injections every three months into her forehead, her lips and around her eyes. the mom says she is sure her daughter will be a model, actress, a singer one day. botox potentially dangerous. if you use it don't use it on children. i can't imagine what that mother looks like. >> i can't imagine that the authorities are not going to go after at least -- that's terrible. >> perfect skin at that age. not such perfect weather, though. are you getting tired of the rain a little bit? >> a little. gives me an excuse to stay home and put on my jammies a little early. >> this is when i walk around with my hat like this because nobody wants to talk to me
today. they have some very choice words to give me about all the rainfall but it continues to fall outside. and it is heavy in spots around the bay area. we got some pockets of some pretty heavy downpours showing up as we take you to the east bay now. check this out in pleasant hill. yellow and oranges here as we see cells move onshore. no widespread cold front like yesterday. but we are going to see these heavy downpours on and off throughout the day today. what's going to be interesting is you're going outside and may be perfectly dry and all of a sudden here comes one of those wandering cells and heavy downpours again. so showers will continue throughout the day today. and then it looks like another cold front comes in to bring more rainfall overnight tonight and into tomorrow. i think by sunday that breaks off into showers again. but here's the good news. this is when folks will get happy. come monday and tuesday, high pressure begins to build in and by the middle of next week, guess what, temperatures up into the 70s in the warmest spots. all right. let's talk traffic with gianna. >> also, lawrence. we are going it start right now with a trouble spot. northbound 101 right at
woodside. highway 84. we are getting reports of an accident possibly blocking lanes. so heads up as your work your way on 101. looks like right here this is southbound 280 we are seeing some slight delays also. no accidents, i just checked. just extra busy in the area. slick surfaces, as well. chp working on this trouble spot northbound guadalupe parkway right around 101. the righ lane is blocked. use 101 while they clear this one out of the road. very slick conditions. you saw our live shot with elizabeth wenger. lots of rain. chp has lifted the wind advisories for the bay bridge, san mateo bridge, as well as the benicia bridge. but that doesn't mean you don't want to give yourself some extra time this morning. if you are going to brave the snow, just a heads up 80 is closed in certain parts. here's live look at truckee. you're also going to need chains for 50 and 88. that's traffic. back to you. >> thank you. coming up in our next half hour, a blast from barry bonds'
past. a key witness expected to take the stand. and new evidence the slugger was doping. plus, of course, the massive clean-up begins after a wall of water races through a santa cruz county town. the damage to dozens of businesses and homes, as well. >> and dangerous driving conditions this morning at the bay bridge toll plaza. we have a lot of standing water already in those middle lanes. yes, another day for another rainy morning commute. we'll have all the details coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
into rushing rivers in capitola. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. >> oh, the street, your car! >> streets turn into rushing rivers in capitola. the damage to homes and businesses. and brace yourselves for another round of storms. the area's bound to get hit the hardest today. it is another mess out